New turnaround target: 76 schools by 2012

Dale Mezzacappa:

Pennsylvania’s application for a piece of the $4 billion federal Race to the Top money calls for Philadelphia to "turn around" 76 low-performing schools by 2012-13 — eight schools in 2010-11, 40 the following year, and 28 in 2012-13.

That is close to a third of all schools in the District. Such schools will be required to adopt one of four drastic reform strategies approved by the US Department of Education.